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Breeding for Resilient, Efficient and Sustainable Organic Vegetable production

Breeding for Resilient, Efficient and Sustainable Organic Vegetable production

Objective

The project deals with the urgent need to provide climate-resilient cultivars addressed to organic vegetable production systems. These new cultivars will benefit organic growers, and the organic seed industry, providing much needed security both under current and future scenarios of climate change. In this project, we will exploit the genetic variation of broccoli, kohlrabi, bean and tomato for enhanced productivity, by exploiting up-to-date knowledge of genome structure and function. This work will be enhanced by the active involvement of farmers, advisory services, research institutes, breeding companies and food processors from diverse geographical/climatic contexts in Europe and Non-EU countries. The selection of pre-breeding/ breeding lines for the three species will be undertaken in organic vegetable farming systems, utilizing an annual crop rotation scheme. New cultivars will be selected for efficiency when grown under water, temperature, and nitrogen stress, for resistance to some pests and diseases, for desirable product quality traits such as taste, visual appearance, post-harvest performance. The Stakeholder Board will contribute to the expected outcomes of the project. Crop genetic diversity will be broad as we will be utilizing several landraces (LRs) and crops wild relatives (CWRs) provided by partners for the foreseen pre-breeding and breeding activities. We will adopt an innovative approach, where plant traits related to the roots-zone, and to root-growth, and architecture that enable a better interaction with organic soil and its microbiome, are sought to benefit the end-users. This approach will ensure that the available genetic resources and bred-germplasm, combined with the best on-farm management practices will enhance resource use efficiency and productivity. The germplasm from this project will act to pump-prime the production of new seed for the organic growing sector and will also serve as a model for the enhancement of other crops.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA

Address

Piazza Universita 2
95131 Catania

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 689 708,75

Participants (21)

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EUROPEAN SEED ASSOCIATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 294 625

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 334 860

UNIVERSIDADE DE TRAS-OS-MONTES E ALTO DOURO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 125 000

VYZKUMNY USTAV ROSTLINNE VYROBY VVI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 164 962,50

FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 417 115

UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 517 437,25

VEGENOV-BBV

France

EU Contribution

€ 235 585

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 451 246,25

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 390 715

STATIUNEA DE CERCETARE DEZVOLTARE PENTRU LEGUMICULTURA BACAU

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 195 750

CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 651 875

BEIJING ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY SCIENCE

China

ZHEJIANG ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

China

UNIVERSITE DE TUNIS EL MANAR

Tunisia

EU Contribution

€ 151 875

SERVICIO REGIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO AGROALIMENTARIO DEL PRINCIPADO DE ASTURIAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 319 750

PROSPECIERARA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 107 478,75

ITAKA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 305 426,25

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 124 528,75

FOUNDATION OF RESEARCH & BUSINESS, CHUNGHAM NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

South Korea

TERRE D'ESSAIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 93 831,25

EURICE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND PROJECT OFFICE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 390 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 774244

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 989 348,50

  • EU contribution

    € 5 962 019,75

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA

Italy